2019 has proved to be a profound vintage for Andy Smith’s Syrah from the iron-rich soils of Greywacke Vineyard. A steep, two-acre slope of hillside vineyard ekes out an existence in meager soils, creating serious fruit with a real mean streak. Andy calls it “Syrah in its more feral state.” Those who appreciate terroir will love this expression with its distinctly ferrous note and spicy, meaty dark fruit. While it boasts the structure to outlive most of us, it’s too impressive to resist now. Drink one, hide six.
I always love the Syrah from this team, and their 2019 Syrah Eddie's Patch doesn't disappoint, revealing a dense purple hue to go with Saint-Joseph-like bright blue fruits, crushed stone, bouquet garni, and bacon fat notes. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, with enough tannins to warrant 2-3 years of bottle age. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.